Fifth-graders invited to write about importance of good grades


February 04, 2000|By Peg Adamarczyk | Peg Adamarczyk,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

THE MOUNTAIN ROAD Kiwanis Club is looking for a few really good essays from local fifth-graders, and offering prizes for the best in its 37th annual John Wilson Sr. Memorial Essay Contest.

The contest is named for the club's founding member, who also is remembered for his outstanding service to the Kiwanis chapter. "Mr. Wilson's ideas for helping the Pasadena area was to focus on helping kids," said Robert Baxter, club spokesman.

Each year, a few months before the contest begins, club members get together and brainstorm about the essay topic, which must be easily understandable to 10-year-olds and encourage character-building ideas such as good citizenship or educational goals.

After a topic has been chosen, it must be approved by the county Board of Education before fliers are distributed by Kiwanians to 10 area schools.

This year's topic is "Why are good grades important?"

Entries must be 200 words or fewer, and will be judged on content, grammar, spelling and neatness.

A winning essay will be chosen from each of the eligible schools: Sunset, Solley, Riviera Beach, Freetown, High Point, Jacobsville, Lake Shore, Fort Smallwood and Bodkin elementaries, and St. Jane Frances School.

Each school winner will receive a $50 savings bond and be invited, with parents, to attend the Kiwanis awards dinner, which will be held near the end of the school year. One essay among the 10 will be selected the overall winner, and its writer awarded a plaque.

Fliers listing contest rules will be distributed to the schools March 6, and essays picked up by club members from the schools March 31.

Good luck, pens up and may the best writer win!

Information: Robert Baxter, 410-255-2252.

Spring weather preferred

With the groundhog's prediction of six more weeks of winter, area organizations that have scheduled fund-raisers are keeping their fingers crossed that the rodent is wrong.

Jenkins Memorial Church at Riviera Drive and Jenkins Road in Riviera Beach is sponsoring an all-you-can-eat soup luncheon from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. tomorrow -- and the weather forecast is favorable. No snow, and warm enough to see much of the ice melt.

Inside the nondenominational church, a variety of rib-sticking soups will be on the menu, among them clam chowder, chicken-and-shrimp gumbo, vegetable crab, and that old standby, chicken noodle. Hot dogs, chili and desserts will be sold.

The cost for the event is $6 for adults, and $2.50 for children ages 5 to 12. Children younger than age 5 can eat for free. Proceeds will benefit the church building fund.

Information: 410-360-8621.

It's a little harder to predict the weather for the women of St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, at 7859 Tick Neck Road, who will hold their annual ham and oyster dinner there from noon to 5 p.m. Feb. 20.

Tickets purchased by Feb. 14 are $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 6 to 12. Tickets purchased after that or at the door will be $12 for adults, and $6 for children. Carryouts will be available.

The group also will have a table of baked goods, and will sell $1 raffle tickets for a basket of cheer.

Proceeds will benefit the Sunday school program.

Information: 410-255-1070.

For Emmanuel Lutheran Church, winter will be but a memory when it holds its annual oyster-bull roast and dance from 6: 30 p.m. to 11: 30 p.m. April 29 at Kurtz's Beach. Tickets are $24.

In addition to the full raw and pit-roasted menu, there will be a cash bar. Proceeds will benefit the building fund of the church at 8615 Fort Smallwood Road.

Information: 410-255-4141.

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